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Living the Active Life Providence has got your orthopedic needs covered, from head to toe
Keeping Men HealtHy The latest treatments for prostate disease
Balance basics Services for seniors to stay strong and recover after injury
Baby on Board
Maternity classes, suites and a new NICU
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center Mission Hills
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Burbank
Providence Tarzana Medical Center Tarzana
Thoughts From Your Chief Executives
Have a Safe Summer
in this issue
6 Manly Matters
Find out the options for keeping your prostate healthy.
8 Joint Decisions
Providence Medical Centers offer the latest technology in orthopedics, including minimally invasive surgery for joint replacement and back surgery.
IN EVERY ISSUE 3 Community Connections
It’s summertime–time for family fun, relaxation and renewing that commitment to staying healthy. In this summer issue of Providence Health we offer a look at services for all your family’s health care needs, from birth through retirement years. One key to feeling fit is to pay attention to aches and pains and make sure they’re treated. Providence Holy Cross, Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Tarzana Medical Centers each offer quality orthopedic care to treat those nagging knee injuries left over from the glory days of high school football or the aching hip or shoulder joint that hinders the golf game. Minimally invasive surgery options mean little scarring and quick recovery to get back to what matters on a balmy summer evening. In this edition, we also feature a look at our neonatal intensive care programs, providing the best for premature babies and other infants in need of extra care. When the Providence Holy Cross NICU opens in December, all three Valley hospitals will provide this special level of infant care, ensuring care close to home and family. And we’re proud to highlight our cardiac care. Our trio of medical centers serving the greater Valley area recently received the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care, recognition from Blue Cross/Blue Shield for top-quality cardiology, heart surgery and related interventional medicine. More kudos for our St. Elizabeth Care Center in North Hollywood, which earned a fivestar rating from U.S. News & World Report in its annual ranking of long-term care facilities. In wishing you and your family a happy and healthy summer, we close with a request. We ask that you think about donating blood to help accident victims, surgery patients and others. Read the inspiring story about our most prolific donor, Ernie Weckbaugh, whose contributions to the Providence blood donor program have helped save countless lives over decades. Every summer is marked by a critical blood shortage. You can make a difference, and teach your children about this gift of life.
Dale Surowitz Chief Executive Providence Tarzana
Larry Bowe Chief Executive Providence Holy Cross
Barry Wolfman Chief Executive Providence Saint Joseph
12 Senior Health 13 Foundation Focus 14 Calendar of Maternity Programs 17 Calendar of Classes, Events and Lectures
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Providence Holy Cross NICU to Open in December Every expectant mother hopes to deliver a healthy baby. But if special attention is needed, it’s good to know your hospital has a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Providence Holy Cross Medical Center’s NICU will be operated by a board-certified medical director and a team of board-certified neonatologists, as well as specially trained nurses and other specialized experts.
Specialized Cardiac and Vascular Care Providence provides world-class capabilities
“I would like our NICU to be known as one of the finest state-of-the-art, high-tech units operated by some of the most highly qualified personnel in the San Fernando region,” says David Solarte, M.D., medical director of Providence Holy Cross NICU. The NICU aims to be California Children’s Servicescertified soon after its opening, a government designation bestowed only on NICUs that meet the state’s highest standards. Providence Holy Cross’ existing designation as a BabyFriendly Hospital—which signifies optimal support for breast-feeding—ties into the NICU’s philosophy. “It gives babies the healthiest nutritional start,” says Patricia Burkholder, R.N., BSN, Maternal Child Health director. Plus, the NICU will strive to keep mothers and their babies together during their stay. According to Dr. Solarte, these objectives, combined with the NICU’s family-centered approach, will help ensure the best possible outcomes. Call to schedule a maternity tour: 1-888-HEALING. providencehealthonline.org
When it comes to cardiovascular services, Providence is home to some of the most advanced expertise anywhere—literally. At Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, for example, the chief of staff, Raymond Schaerf, M.D., is recognized as a skilled pacemaker/defibrillator lead extraction specialist. The Center for Lead Extraction & Cardiac Rhythm Management at Providence Saint Joseph specializes in the treatment of cardiac device complications. This can include the replacement of infected pacemakers and defibrillators, as well as the extraction of old leads. Dr. Schaerf and the center’s team have performed more than 3,000 extractions with a nationally low mortality rate of less than 1 percent. There’s also leading-edge cardiac expertise at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, which has a new electrophysiology lab that features state-of-the-art technology. This
includes enhanced imaging capabilities and new equipment to assist in the implantation of devices such as pacemakers on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. With the latest technology, electrophysiologists can better visualize cardiac structure, essential as an aid to complex arrhythmia ablation. "This increased visualization inside the heart chambers expands treatment options, and reduces exposure to radiation," says Dave T. Kim, M.D., a cardiac electrophysiologist at Providence Tarzana. “We’re like electricians working on the electrical systems of the heart,” he explains, “and the new lab may result in potentially better outcomes.” Schedule an Appointment For a free risk assessment, healthy tips or answers to frequently asked questions, go to providencehealthonline.org. summer 2010 Providence Health | 3
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Quality Elder Care Providence St. Elizabeth Care Center earns national honors U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the country’s top nursing homes and awarded Providence St. Elizabeth Care Center five stars—making it the top-rated care program in the San Fernando Valley. Providence St. Elizabeth is a skilled nursing facility in North Hollywood. The magazine’s prestigious rankings were based on U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services surveys, and Providence St. Elizabeth was named among the best care homes in the country based on health inspections, nurse staffing and quality measures. “Our staff really cares. That makes all the difference,” says You can contact Providence Neil Silverstein, administrator of Providence St. Elizabeth. St. Elizabeth Care Center at “We strive to build good relationships with patients and their 818-980-3872. families, so we can make our facility feel as much like home as possible.” Ratings and recommendations are a good way to begin evaluating a skilled nursing facility, but Silverstein says paying a personal visit is essential. He also recommends keeping three things in mind. “Use your ears, your eyes and your nose,” Silverstein suggests. “Can you hear people laughing or are they complaining? Do you see people smiling or do they look anguished? And there shouldn’t be a pervasive bad smell throughout the facility. Talk to people there, too—staff, patients and their family members—and let your senses guide you.”
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Programs give guidance for managing the condition Providence Holy Cross, Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Tarzana Medical Centers all offer programs to provide information, resources and support for people with diabetes. Programs at the three facilities include: • Classes on topics ranging from nutrition and exercise to medication and diabetes problemsolving. • One-on-one consults. • Support groups for people with diabetes and their families. • Outreach offerings to the community. • Services for people with prediabetes. “Education can help people with diabetes take control of their own health,” says Sharon Elliston, M.S., R.D., CDE, a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. As for the support groups, “we encourage the participation of family and friends,” says Angela Luna, R.N., BSN, clinical education manager at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. At Providence Tarzana Medical Center, people can benefit from the personal experience of Terry Daggi, R.N., MSN, CWOCN, diabetes program director, who was recently diagnosed with diabetes herself. “It’s really encouraging when you learn you don’t have to give up everything you enjoy—it’s all about moderation,” she says. Providence Tarzana is also the only location of the three that offers a pediatric diabetes program.
Check It Out Sign up for a FREE diabetes seminar or call to learn more about FREE insulin training: 818-496-4310. providencehealthonline.org
Every Blood Donation Counts Saving a life is easier than you think. Just ask Ernie Weckbaugh, who was in the cast of The Little Rascals. He donates a pint of blood to Providence Blood Donor Center Services every 56 days—which is as often as anyone is allowed to give blood. “He wants to do his part and raise awareness,” says John Warda, associate administrator for Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center who has responsibility for the Providence Blood Donor Center Services, serving the Southern California Region. “Ernie says it’s the easiest thing he can do to say thank you and give back.” Here’s a quick rundown of what it takes to donate blood and how it helps: 45: How many minutes it takes to complete the paperwork and donate a pint of blood. 2: The number of people who can be helped by the donation of one pint of blood. 20,000: Pints of blood Providence Blood Donor Center Services supplies, at a minimum, to the service area each year—and a low-end estimate of the number of people who benefited from these donations in 2009. 60 percent: The percentage of the U.S. population who is eligible to donate blood. Donation Details 3 percent: In Southern California, the percentage of people who give blood. To learn more call 1-800-469-9555. Donating blood can save lives, and it also helps Information about locations, hours save money that can be used for other services. and donor eligibility is available at providencehealthonline.org.
Providence High School Offers Activities for Prospective Students Summer may be in full swing, but fall is right around the corner, which means the start of another school year. For parents of soon-to-be high school students, Providence High School (PHS) offers myriad opportunities for seventh- and eighth-graders to become familiar with high school life and curriculum before the school year starts. Each year, the school hosts “Providence in Action,” in which seventh- and eighth-grade students participate in hands-on activities including mini-classes facilitated by PHS teachers. Additionally, students can sign up for “Shadow Days,” when they’ll be paired up with a PHS student and shadow that student to their morning classes. Applications for the fall semester are still being accepted. For more information about Providence High School and dates and times for the fall activities for prospective students, please call Mrs. Judy Umeck, director of admissions, at 818-846-8141, ext. 501, or visit providencehigh.org.
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A Man’s World Conditions of the prostate matter to men—and to the specialists at Providence
any men don’t like talking about their health. But they need to engage in a candid dialogue with their doctors about their prostate health and the screenings that are necessary. And if they’re diagnosed with prostate cancer or even a benign enlarged prostate, men must ask questions and discuss all their options to make an informed decision. “Every man needs to be looked at on an individual basis to decide what’s most appropriate,” says Phil Beron, M.D., a radiation oncologist with Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. First, men should talk to their doctor about
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prostate cancer screening. It’s different for every man, but a PSA, or prostate-specific antigen blood test, is considered the most sensitive tool for early detection. Digital rectal exams are typically part of a routine screening, too, and if any abnormalities are detected then a biopsy is performed. If cancer is found, then there are more decisions to make—again, based on each man’s health and personal situation, as well as how far his cancer has progressed. “Prostate cancer can be a very slow-growing condition, so there are a lot of different factors to consider,” says Michael J. Hyman, M.D., a urologist who specializes in robotic surgery at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.
Do you know a man who should talk to his doctor about a prostate screening? Urge him to see his doctor or take advantage of a FREE community screening at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center on Sept. 18. Call 1-888-HEALING to learn more. Or go online for a free risk assessment: providencehealthonline.com.
Implant therapy, known as brachytherapy, involves implanting radioactive seeds directly into the prostate. Surgery and radiation therapy both carry the risk of some side effects, including urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. “I hope men will make their decision about treatment after learning all the facts,” Dr. Beron says. “Men should see a urologist and a radiation oncologist to educate themselves about all the different types of treatment and the side effects, so they can make the best decision.” Any decision about treatment, whether surgery or radiation, should be made between the physician and patient because not all treatment options are right for every patient. Be sure to discuss with your physician risks and potential complications before deciding on any treatment option.
Beyond Cancer Care Know Your Options One approach to treating prostate cancer is called active surveillance, which involves no treatment at all. The patient is followed closely over time and retested frequently. Active surveillance is typically recommended for men who are advanced in age, who have other medical problems or who may decide they don’t want treatment due to the risk of side effects. However, treatment may be suggested if the cancer begins growing. “The watchful waiting approach isn’t intended to cure, but it can help men live longer,” says Joseph Navon, M.D., a urologist at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Another option is a prostatectomy, the surgical removal of the prostate and surrounding glands and tissue. This can be done with open surgery, which is the traditional standard, or with minimally invasive robotic surgery. Robotic surgery, which can be performed at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center using the da Vinci surgical robot, does have certain advantages. “It involves a smaller incision, and the robot can move in ways the human hand can’t,” Dr. Hyman says. More patients can return home within 24 hours—and are usually back to full activities two to three weeks faster—after robotic surgery than those who underwent traditional open surgery. He performed a robotic prostatectomy on Philip Lee Downs, who admits being diagnosed with prostate cancer was frightening. But he was reassured by his experience at Providence Saint Joseph. “Dr. Hyman did an excellent job—and he properly briefed me. He sent me into that room as aware as I could possibly be about what was going to happen,” Downs says. “And today I feel as if absolutely nothing happened to me except that I’m confident in my mind that I’m certainly better off having had my prostate removed. I’m a very fortunate person.”
Explore Your Alternatives Prostatectomies can be performed at Providence Holy Cross, too, and all three medical centers also offer radiation therapy, the other treatment option for prostate cancer. There are two types of radiation treatment: external beam and implants.
Another prostate-related condition that can be treated at all of Providence Health & Services’ Valley Service Area locations is benign enlargement of the prostate. Although not serious in itself, the condition can lead to issues such as recurrent infections or kidney damage. Fortunately, it can be treated with medication or minimally invasive surgical procedures. “It’s important for patients to let their doctor know how bothered they are by any problems they’re having, such as urine retention,” Dr. Navon says. “All the Providence facilities have the ability to treat this condition, so it’s just a matter of finding the best option for each man.”
Real Men Ask Questions I f you have an enlarged prostate, here are three things to ask your doctor, along with some answers from Michael J. Hyman, M.D., a urologist at Providence Saint Joseph. (But be sure to talk to your doctor about your own individual situation.) 1. Does an enlarged prostate mean I’m going to get prostate cancer? “No,” Dr. Hyman says. “There’s no correlation between an enlarged prostate and prostate cancer.” 2. Could my enlarged prostate lead to any problems? Maybe. Men could be at risk for developing problems with urination, such as a weak stream, urine retention or frequent urination. 3. Should I be worried about possible complications? “There’s no cause for alarm unless there’s a weak stream,” Dr. Hyman explains. “Then it’s time to be evaluated and consider treatment options.”
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Knowle Providence has your orthopedic needs covered, from head to toe
rom a broken arm caused by a skirmish on the soccer field to a broken hip resulting from a nasty fall, when you need orthopedic care, you want to know you’re in good hands.
A comprehensive range of orthopedic services is available from the Providence family of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Broad expertise, advanced technology and a continuum of care—from diagnosis to treatment to rehabilitation and physical therapy—help people of all ages return to their active lifestyles quickly and comfortably.
Aging Gracefully There’s no age minimum for joint replacement surgery, but it is more commonly done to help older people. Ricardo Ramirez, a 68-year-old resident of Mission Hills, was working out in his yard one day when he accidentally knelt on a stone by mistake. He jerked back suddenly and, when he did, he heard a grinding, tearing noise coming from his knee. “It was like when a tree falls over in the forest,” he says.
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dge He was in such pain that night that he couldn’t sleep, and the pain didn’t go away. After one unsuccessful procedure that relieved the pain but left him limping, Ramirez turned to Providence Holy Cross. There, he was diagnosed with arthritis and treated with a total knee replacement. Ramirez spent a few days in the hospital, where he began rehabilitation that continued after he returned home, all arranged by Providence Holy Cross. He then took advantage of Providence Holy Cross’ outpatient rehabilitation program. “Everything about my experience at Holy Cross was positive,” says Ramirez, who is semiretired, working part time in the concrete-pumping business. “Before my surgery, I couldn’t walk normally let alone carry groceries or do the lawn. Now I’m walking normally and am back to doing my own gardening, which I’m tickled pink about.” Many specialists at Providence are skilled in newer, less invasive techniques for joint replacement. What’s more, the work they do has been commended for excellence by independent rating agencies. “We’re able to get patients back to high-level function more quickly than ever because of new surgical approaches, more advanced implants and better pain management,” says Erik N. Zeegen, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Providence Tarzana. In fact, he explains, they’re able to provide all aspects of joint replacement, from more straightforward care of arthritic knees and hips to complex complete revisions of failed knee and hip replacements. Muscle-sparing approaches are a major emphasis at Providence. When joint replacement procedures can be performed that protect existing muscles, tendons and ligaments, the surgery is less invasive and the recovery can be quicker and easier.
Even with a total knee replacement like Ramirez had, surgeons can avoid cutting directly into tendons, which usually enables patients to more quickly return to a normal gait. Providence also performs partial, or unicompartmental, knee replacements, which replace only one portion of the knee. “Because many ligaments are kept intact, the movement and feeling of the knee is more natural,” says Raj Ahluwalia, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Providence Holy Cross. “Plus, there’s a smaller incision, which means less blood loss and quicker recovery.” Surgeons at Providence take a similar approach to hip replacements, using minimally invasive techniques that spare muscle, allowing patients to mobilize faster and return home sooner. “We now go through the front of the hip, so we can avoid cutting any muscles or tendons,” says Dr. Zeegen. “The hips tend to be much more stable and I’ve noticed that patients feel more confidence in their new hip much more quickly.”
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Keep Moving For a free risk assessment, healthy tips or answers to frequently asked questions, go to providencehealthonline.org.
Another important aspect of joint replacement at Providence is the use of advanced pain management. One example is a femoral nerve block, which delivers anesthesia directly into the femoral nerve that runs down the front of the thigh. This numbs the entire knee and thigh area for the first 48 hours after knee replacement surgery, so patients experience only minimal discomfort. “If you can mitigate some of the pain in the initial hours after surgery, patients are much more willing to get up sooner and begin some of their therapy,” Dr. Ahluwalia says. “The goal is to diminish pain and allow the patient to mobilize and recover sooner.”
for more than three months, then the experts look more closely—literally, using X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Medical treatment with anti-inflammatory medications or outpatient physical therapy at one of Providence’s facilities is generally the next step. “A lot of problems can be treated with basic physical therapy,” explains Greg Khounganian, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon trained in spine surgery, who is with Providence Tarzana. “There’s a lot we can do to treat the pain without doing anything invasive.” Even surgical treatments today are minimally invasive, making spinal surgery much less of an ordeal. Smaller incisions and more precise techniques mean less tissue trauma, which helps patients recover more quickly and allows them to maximize the rehabilitation process. According to Dr. Khounganian, minimally invasive procedures can be performed to remove herniated discs or fuse segments of the spine together to relieve back pain. Surgeons at Providence are using a new surgical technique to perform fusion procedures that’s known as lateral access spine surgery, because patients lie on their side during the procedure. Lateral access spine surgery involves small incisions, which means very little blood loss and, potentially, a much quicker return home. With all minimally invasive spine surgeries, the ultimate goal is to make the procedure less traumatic, says Yuri Falkinstein, M.D., an orthopedic spinal surgeon at Providence Saint Joseph.
Standing Tall Providence offers an array of treatments for spine problems, from traumatic fractures and childhood scoliosis to degenerative arthritic conditions or vertebral compression fractures that impact people with osteoporosis. Treatment is also available for problems such as herniated discs, cervical spine stenosis or spinal compression, all of which can cause pain in the back, leg or both. Especially if a problem is caused by a minor injury such as improper lifting, the specialists at Providence prefer to take an initially conservative approach. But if the problem continues
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“It’s amazing to see patients who would have been in the hospital for up to a week in the past now being treated on an outpatient basis,” he says. For example, Dr. Falkinstein performs a procedure known as X-STOP to treat spinal stenosis, which is narrowing of areas of the spine that can create pressure and cause back and leg pain. A small spinal implant is inserted under local anesthesia to relieve the compression and pain. “I had a patient who would not have been a candidate for surgery requiring general anesthesia because of other health problems,” Dr. Falkinstein explains, “but I was able to perform this procedure on her.” Other procedures he typically performs on an outpatient basis include decompression and kyphoplasty, which involves insertion of cement inside a broken vertebra to relieve pain caused by a fracture. Providence’s skilled surgeons also can use minimally invasive procedures to address neck problems and to treat patients who have had previous back surgeries. “It allows us another way to access the spine,” says Dr. Khounganian, “so we can avoid scar tissue and try another treatment approach to help them.”
Be a Sport
After assessing your injury, Providence’s experts recommend a course of treatment, which can include ice therapy and rest, physical therapy or surgery, depending on the injury and its severity.
The Providence Medical Centers can treat a wide range of other orthopedic issues, including orthopedic trauma caused by accidents, falls or injuries. Providence is also experienced in many specialized areas of orthopedics. For example, orthopedic surgeons work closely with plastic surgeons to perform delicate work on hands, from microsurgery to outpatient procedures. Complex foot and ankle procedures—many of which are offered on an outpatient basis—are performed by fellowshiptrained orthopedic surgeons. Shoulders are another area of expertise for Providence, where surgeons are skilled in rotator-cuff repairs, open shoulder surgery and minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures. At Providence Holy Cross, patients with severe arthritis can be treated with a reverse total shoulder replacement. “For patients who wouldn’t be helped by routine total shoulder replacement, reverse total shoulder replacement may be more effective in relieving pain and restoring function,” Dr. Ahluwalia says. “With minimally invasive techniques, we can offer patients alternatives that may result in less pain, quicker recovery and a faster return to their daily lives.”
Take a tumble off the bike? Nursing tendonitis caused by too many hours at the computer? The Providence family includes sports medicine specialists who can help. You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports medicine expertise. The skilled staff at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Tarzana Medical Center do work with sports enthusiasts to help them get back in the game. But these same principles can be applied to injuries that occur as part of daily life. Some of the conditions Providence’s sports medicine specialists can address include: • Sprains • Knee injuries including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and meniscal tears • Cartilage lesions • Tendinitis and tendon injuries
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, exercise to stay in good health or just need a little TLC for your aches and pains, Providence’s sports medicine experts can offer state-of-the-art care to keep you going strong.
Pictures used in these photos are not actual patients.
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Balancing Acts Providence provides services to keep seniors steady and strong
Anyone can fall, but for older adults, the chances of falling are far greater—and the effects can be much more serious. Fortunately, the Providence family has resources to help. Balance, coordination, and muscle and bone strength improve with exercise—as little as 15 minutes every other day. And yes, temperature-controlled mall walking counts— plus, there’s the added social benefit of walking with a group. If you aren’t sure if exercise is safe for you or if you are not exercising now, check with your doctor first. Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center have partnered with the local malls to offer community members a Providence Mall Walking Program with benefits that include free health seminars, free pedometers, free T-shirts and much more. To learn more about how you can join the Providence Mall Walking Program, please call 1-888-HEALING. If you do fall, Providence Holy Cross, Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Tarzana all offer advanced treatment (see pages 8-11). After treatment, Providence’s outstanding rehabilitation services get people back on their feet. The process begins with specific balance assessments to identify areas of needed improvement, says Julianne Courtenay, manager of physical and occupational therapy at Providence Saint Joseph. “Similar to exercising your muscles to make you stronger, challenging your balance with specific movements reduces your risk for future falls,” she explains. “Our therapy team also has specialized training and equipment to return you to activity on steady legs.” If a fall was caused by a problem in your vestibular system (the part of the brain that controls balance), therapists can also assess these problems and reset your vestibular control area using very focused exercises. All of these services are available at Providence Saint Joseph, Providence Holy Cross and Providence Tarzana.
FREE BALANCE ASSESSMENT Schedule your free balance assessment at Providence Tarzana Outpatient Therapy Center. Call today, as the first 50 callers will receive this free assessment. Call 818-401-4173.
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Safety First One in three people over the age of 65 falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it’s the leading cause of serious injury. Because seniors tend to spend a good deal of time inside the home, that’s where most falls occur. But taking simple preemptive measures can dramatically reduce the chance of falling. As we age, our vision, especially depth perception, weakens, so brighter lighting in bedrooms, hallways and bathrooms is paramount. Frosted bulbs and shades can help reduce glare. Use night lights, too. Don’t forget the outside walkways—they may need better lighting. Make sure cracks and abrupt edges along sidewalks and driveways are repaired. On stairs, place brightly colored tape on the first and last steps to identify level changes. Try not to use area rugs, but if you do have them, make sure they are tacked down so that you don’t trip. Install additional electrical outlets to prevent cord clutter, and consider removing doorway thresholds. In the bathroom, use nonslip mats in tubs and on shower floors. Install rails that are strong enough to support your weight near bathtubs, showers and toilets for better maneuverability.
Contributing to Tomorrow’s Care How planned gifts work for the future
Get Info on Giving To learn more about planned giving, visit www. give2providence.org.
“An educated donor can choose to support one of our many services,” Bitzer explains. “The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center is an example of how donors have restricted their gifts—and made a wonderful institution grow.” He recommends that people consult with their financial advisors and legal teams when working on estate planning. Bitzer also invites them to speak with experts at the Providence Health & Services Foundation. “The first step is for people to ask themselves, ‘Is Providence Health & Services or one of its medical centers a worthy beneficiary?’ which is a fundamental decision,” he says. “If the answer is yes, we’re there to help them make the kind of gift that’s appropriate for them and that can support the future health care needs of Los Angeles County.” It was the generosity of the community that built the new Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and expanded the busy Emergency Department at Providence Holy Cross. And now the communities we serve are financing upgrades for our Pediatric Department at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Providence Health & Services’ Valley Service Area is committed to the communities it serves. And the people in those communities can make a commitment to help support Providence with planned gifts. Examples of planned gifts include remainders of an estate or trust, which aren’t given to the beneficiary until the donor passes away. “It’s a safe way to give, because the donor has taken care of the needs of his or her family first,” says Ron Bitzer, a certified financial planner and director of planned giving for the Providence Health & Services Foundation. “Plus, a will or trust can always be rewritten if the donor changes his or her mind.” Because this kind of donation may well be the largest financial gift a person will ever make, Bitzer emphasizes the value of careful planning. For example, some donors prefer to make restricted gifts, indicating exactly how the funds will be used.
Give of Yourself There’s another way to support Providence: volunteering. Providence Saint Joseph, Providence Tarzana and Providence Holy Cross Medical Centers all welcome the contributions of volunteers. “Volunteering enhances our delivery of services in the community and the quality of life of our volunteers,” says Linda Gaul, manager of volunteers for Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. From staffing the information desk to spending time with patients, volunteers play a vital role in each medical center’s operations. For more information on volunteer opportunities contact: Providence Holy Cross: 818-898-4613 Providence Saint Joseph: 818-847-3501 Providence Tarzana: 818-708-5694
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Calendar of Maternity Programs
Childbirth and Parent Education at Providence Medical Along with the excitement of finding out you’re pregnant comes a million questions. The maternity and women’s programs at Providence Holy Cross, Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Tarzana Medical Centers offer you answers with a full schedule of classes that help prepare you for pregnancy, birth and parenting.
1. Prepare for bABY Maternity Tour We’ll open our maternity unit to you for a free walking tour. PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14; 7-8:30 p.m. Location: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Reservations: 818-847-4143
PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER
Childbirth Preparation Lamaze Classes
Meets: July 7, 14, 18; Aug. 11, 28, 25; Sept. 1, 15, 29; 7-8:30 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Reservations: 818-847-4143
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PROVIDENCE TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: Second and fourth Thursday of each month; 7-9 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
Big Kids & Babies Sibling Maternity Tour This class, for children ages 2½ to 12 years old (3 to 10 at Providence Saint Joseph and Providence Holy Cross), prepares siblings to visit the new baby in the hospital. It also teaches safe ways to play with the new sibling. PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: July 13, Sept. 14; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Location: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: : July 14, Aug. 18, Sept. 15; 5:30-6:30 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER
Wednesdays: July 28-Aug. 25; Sept. 22-Oct. 20; 7-9:30 p.m. Saturdays: Aug. 7-28; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Fee: $95 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER
Mondays: Aug. 2-30 Tuesdays: Aug. 3-31; Sept. 7-Oct. 5; 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Sept. 8-Oct. 6; 7-9:30 p.m. Thursdays: Aug. 5-Sept. 2; 7-9:30 p.m. Saturdays: Aug. 7-28; Sept. 11-Oct. 2; 1-4 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $95 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER
Mondays: Aug. 16- Sept. 13; Sept. 20-Oct. 11; 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays: July 6-27; Aug. 3-24; Sept. 7-28; 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays: July 14-Aug. 4; Sept. 15-Oct. 6; 6:30-9 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $125 per couple; plus, choose one date from the “Anesthesia and Caesarean Section” class Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
Meets: Second and fourth Thursday of each month; 3:30-5 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
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Centers Refresher Childbirth All classes are FREE unless otherwise indicated. For more information, please call us. Providence Tarzana: 1-800-779-6636 Providence Holy Cross and Providence Saint Joseph: 818-847-4143
Childbirth Intensive Lamaze Preparation This one-day class covers the topics presented in our regular childbirth series in a fast-paced format. Participants should bring their lunch. PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: July 11; Aug. 8; Sept. 12; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $95 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143
Meets: Call 1-800-779-6636 for times Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $75 per couple
Parents Expecting Multiples Meets: Call 1-800-779-6636 for times Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple
Anesthesia and Caesarean Section A one day class about Cesarean Section, the recovery process, and the types of anesthesia used for both labor as well as surgery. Meets: July 1, 15; Aug. 5, 19; Sept. 2, 16; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
Breastfeeding Our lactation specialist teaches infant nutrition and breastfeeding.
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Meets: July 18; Aug. 22; Sept. 19; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall Community Room, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia Fee: $95 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143
Meets: Aug. 17; 7-9:30 p.m. Location: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Fee: $35 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143
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Meets: July 21; Aug. 19; Sept. 16; 7-9:30 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $35 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143
Meets: July 31; Aug. 7; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $125 per couple; plus choose one date from the "Anesthesia and Caesarean Section." Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
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Fee: $25 per couple Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
The Amazing Newborn Learn about normal infant growth and development from a pediatrician. Meets: July 21; Sept 15; 7-9 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
Preparing for Your Newborn, Three-Part Series Teaches proper bathing, diapering and feeding techniques, communicating love, building self-esteem and time management. PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: July 12, 19, 26; Aug. 16, 23, 30; Sept. 13, 20, 27; 7-9:30 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $60 per couple Reservations: 818-847-4143
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Fee: $45 per person Reservations: 818-847-4143 PROVIDENCE TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: July 12, 22; Aug. 2, 26; Sept. 7, 23; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $40 per person Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
Infant/Child Safety and CPR
2. After Baby is Born Baby Care Learn about what to expect with a newborn; about feeding, coping with a crying baby; when to call the doctor and more. Meets: July 14, 28; Aug. 4, 18; Sept. 1, 22; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple; prepayment required Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
Transition to Parenthood What to expect with your new baby the first year and if you’re at risk for postpartum depression. Meets: July 19; Sept. 27; 6:30-9 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
Infant Safety and CPR PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: Aug. 23; 7-9:30 p.m. Location: 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Fee: $45 per person Reservations: 818-847-4143
Meets: July 29; Sept. 30; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $45 per person Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
Baby Sign Language for Hearing Babies Learn simple hand gestures to show your infants. This helps babies speak sooner and jump-starts their intellectual development. Includes a class for expectant parents, as well as a continuing program for children up to 24 months of age. Meets: Aug. 30; 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $25 per couple Reservations: 1-800-779-6636
Sign, Say and Play Continuing Program A six-week baby sign language program for parents and babies. Meets: Call 1-800-779-6636 for dates and times Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $100 per family
3. Support Groups Breastfeeding Support Group PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: Mondays; 1-2:30 p.m. Location: 19950 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch Meets: Fridays; 10 a.m.-noon Location: Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall in the Community Room, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia Fee: $10 per class PROVIDENCE Saint Joseph MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-noon Location: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, BabyWise Classroom, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Fee: $10 per class PROVIDENCE Tarzana MEDICAL CENTER
Meets: Fridays; 10-11 a.m. Location: Women’s Pavilion, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: FREE
MommyWise Support Groups PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER
Tuesdays: 9:15-11:15 a.m. (birth to 6 months); 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (birth to 1 year) Location: BabyWise Classroom, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank
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Meets: July 13, 29; Aug. 10, 26; Sept. 8, 21; 7-9:30 p.m. Location: 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank
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July-August Classes, Events and Lectures Lymphedema Support Group Meets: Third Thursday of each month, 4-5 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Conference Rooms A & B in North Building, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Info: 818-496-1643
Preparing for Total Joint Replacement Meets: Second Thursday of each month, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Info: 818-496-4395
SUPPORT GROUPS Diabetes Support Groups For people with diabetes and their family members. Meets: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. Location: Providence Tarzana, 18344 Clark St. Suite 210, Tarzana Info: 818-345-8955 Meets: Call for information Location: Providence Saint Joseph Acute Rehabilitation Unit (5 North), 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Info: 818-847-3277
Valley Pumpers Support Group Meets: Fourth Thursday of each month, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Providence Tarzana, 18321 Clark St., NCR Room 3 (trailer behind ER), Tarzana Info: Harvey Cohen, 818-907-7092
Meets: Third Thursday of each month, 3-4 p.m. Location: Providence Saint Joseph, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Info: 818-847-3799 Meets: Last Wednesday of each month, 4-5:30 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Conference Rooms in North Building, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Info: 818-496-4425
Cancer Support Group Meets: Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 3:30-5 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Cancer Center, Conference Room, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Info: 818-496-1389
Heart Disease Support Group For those with heart disease and their families. Meets: Monthly; call for dates/times Location: Providence Saint Joseph Cardiac Rehab and Fitness Center, 3413 W. Pacific Ave., Suite 202, Burbank Info: 818-953-4494
Fitness The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center offers numerous fitness classes that are open to the public, including: • Yoga • Acupressure • Reiki • Meditation • Massage • Qi Gong • Acupuncture Location: Cancer Center, 181 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Info: 818-748-4701
Exercise Safely with Guidance and Support Take part in a medically supervised exercise program through the Providence Saint Joseph Cardiac Rehab and Fitness Center. Classes are ideal for healthy individuals or those with medical conditions. (A physician release form will be required for those with medical conditions.) Meets: Mondays-Fridays, classes run from 6 a.m. to noon; Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 4-7 p.m. Location: 3413 W. Pacific Ave., Suite 202, Burbank Fee: May be partially reimbursed by insurance Info: 818-953-4494
Cardiac Rehab Take part in a medically supervised exercise program through Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Meets: Call for info Location: 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: May be partially reimbursed by insurance Info: 818-708-4070
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Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program A land-based exercise program that provides gentle movements and activities to help increase joint mobility, muscle strength and stamina. Meets: Tuesdays, 8:45-9:45 a.m. Location: Providence Tarzana, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Fee: $4 per class Info: Eileen, 818-883-0849
Fitness Classes as Part of the Beyond 50 Program Providence also offers a variety of fitness and wellness classes for seniors, including: • Kundalini stretch yoga • Pilates/core conditioning • Toning • Qi Gong • Tai Chi Classes are at nominal cost. Meets: Call for dates, times and locations Location: Providence Occupational Health Center, 3413 Pacific Ave., Room 104, Burbank Info: 818-847-4550
Wellness Classes Outpatient Nutritional Counseling Physician referral required. Meets: Appointments available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank Info: 818-847-3550
Pre-Operation Total Joint Replacement Education Meets: Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 5-6 p.m. Location: Providence Occupational Health Center, Conference Room A, 3413 Pacific Ave., Burbank Info: 818-953-4430
Nutrition Roundtable Meets: Mondays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Location: Providence Saint Joseph Cardiac Rehab and Fitness Center, 413 W. Pacific Ave., Suite 202, Burbank Info: 818-953-4494
Fitness Roundtable Meets: Weekly Location: Providence Saint Joseph Cardiac Rehab and Fitness Center, 3413 W. Pacific Ave., Suite 202, Burbank Info: 818-953-4494 for dates and times
Cross Medical Center, 4th Floor Conference Room, 15031 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills Info: 818-496-4310 for specific class dates
Healthy Living with Diabetes
Meets: Weekly Location: Providence Saint Joseph Cardiac Rehab and Fitness Center, 3413 W. Pacific Ave., Suite 202, Burbank Info: 818-953-4494 for dates and times
A comprehensive four-part series where participants receive important information and training in the skills needed for living with diabetes. Meets: Tuesdays; daytime and evening classes are available; class attendance must begin with session 1 Location: Diabetes Care Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: Most insurance companies will pay for this program with physician referral Info: Preregistration is mandatory; call 818-345-8955
Diabetes Classes Non-Healing Wound Support Do you or someone you know have a non-healing wound? Free assessment. Info: Providence Tarzana Wound Center, 818-757-8839
Diabetes Nutrition Class
A two-part class. Meets: Call for dates and times Location: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Lockheed B & C, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Info: 818-847-3277
A basic knowledge of diabetes care is necessary as this class covers more in-depth nutrition information. A physician referral is required for this program. Meets: Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon Location: Diabetes Care Center 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Info: 818-345-8955
Individual Sessions with a Diabetes Specialist
Basic Diabetes Education Class
Location: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, 501 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank Info: 818-847-3277
Three-hour class that covers the basics of good diabetes care. A physician referral is required for this program. Meets: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Diabetes Care Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: Most insurance companies will pay for this program with physician referral Info: 818-345-8955
Diabetes Self-Management Classes
Diabetes 101 & Self Care Two-part series taught by certified diabetes educators. A physician referral is required. Meets: Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. Location: Providence Holy
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Diabetes and Pregnancy
Learn about Shingles
Meets: Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Spanish language classes are available by appointment Location: Diabetes Care Center, 18344 Clark St., Suite 210, Tarzana Fee: Most insurance companies will pay for this program with physician referral Info: Preregistration is mandatory; call 818-345-8955
Meets July 21, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall Community Room, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia
Carbohydrate Counting This session is for people who wish to improve overall blood sugar control through insulin adjustment based upon carbohydrate intake. Meets: Available by appointment only Location: Providence Tarzana Medical Center Auditorium, 18321 Clark St., Tarzana Info: 818-345-8955
JULY LECTURES Living with Asthma Meets: July 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch Urgent Care Center Community Room 19950 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch Spealer: Speaker: Jacob Offenberger, M.D. Info: 1-888-HEALING
Getting the Most from Your RX Coverage Meets: July 23, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch, 19950 Rinaldi St., Suite 100, Porter Ranch Speaker: Krista Nadolski, MFT Info: 1-888-HEALING
Meets: Sept. 15, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Cyn Blvd., Canoga Park Speaker: Jamie Merrill, patient educator
Ready for the Next Earthquake Meets: Sept. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Sept. 24, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch, 19950 Rinaldi St., Suite 100, Porter Ranch Speaker: Connie Lackey, R.N. Info: 1-888-HEALING
Q&A: Urinary Incontinence
Eating Out: What You Should Know Meets: Aug. 18, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park
Health Benefits of Having an Active Life Style
Arthritis and Joint Replacement
Meets: July 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch, 19950 Rinaldi St., Suite 100, Porter Ranch Speaker: Reza Bonabi, M.D. Info: 1-888-HEALING
Meets: July 9, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall Community Room, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia Speaker: Loree Searcy, patient educator
Meets: July 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch, 19950 Rinaldi St., Suite 100, Porter Ranch Speaker: Ramin Ganjianpour, M.D. Info: 1-888-HEALING
Meets: Sept. 10, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch, 19950 Rinaldi St., Suite 100, Porter RanchSpeaker: JoAnne Shanazi, OTR Info: 1-888-HEALING
Meets: Aug. 27, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch, 19950 Rinaldi St., Suite 100, Porter Ranch Speaker: Moonyeen Brubaker, RTC, CTRS Info: 1-888-HEALING
Lymphedema: Answers to Your Questions
Beat Stress Meets: Sept. 10, 9-10 a.m. Location: Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall Community Room, 24201 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia
Meets: Sept. 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Location: Providence Holy Cross Health Center, Porter Ranch, 19950 Rinaldi St., Suite 100, Porter Ranch Speaker: Marlon Brooks, M.D. Info: 1-888-HEALING
AARP Driver Safety programs This two-part AARP/Driver Safety Program is for people 55 or older who want to reduce their automobile insurance premiums. You must attend both four-hour sessions to receive your AARP certificate. Meets: Part 1: July 14; Aug. 11; Sept. 8 Part 2: July 21; Aug. 18; Sept. 15 1-5 p.m. Location: Providence Occupational Health Center, 3413 Pacific Ave., Burbank Fee: $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers, payable to AARP. Contact your insurance agent and be eligible for a three-year safe driverâ€™s discount. Info: 818-847-4535
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Introducing Providence Holy Cross Health Center - Porter Ranch Soon, a place for feeling better and staying better will be right around the corner. Opening in June, the new Providence Holy Cross Health Center—Porter Ranch is located in the heart of Porter Ranch, on Porter Ranch Drive and Rinaldi Street. And soon, you’ll be closer to the health care services you need, including: • Urgent Care with extended and weekend hours • Physician Offices - family practice, internal medicine, plus a number of other specialties • Imaging Services for all your diagnostic needs, including digital mammography and digital X-ray • Women’s Wellness Center with childbirth education, diabetes education, diet and nutrition counseling, on-site nurse navigator to help women access programs and services
• Community Education, including free and low-cost screenings and seminars, yoga and CPR classes • Pharmacy with competitive prices on prescriptions and other items, plus information and counseling on health care products • Laboratory Services with a comprehensive draw station, convenient hours and walk-in appointments
Free Glucose Screening First 50 callers will receive a coupon good for one FREE glucose (blood sugar) screening. Coupon good through July 31, 2010. Call for appointment.